How do I highlight text with color in confluence?

Cobin Bluth
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I have some documents in my Google Docs that I would like to transfer to Confluence.
My document makes heavy use of highlighting text in color to differentiate certain contextual elements in the document.

How do I highlight text with color in confluence?

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David Oekroes
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December 8, 2021

I still don't see any options for highlighting text easily. What are your plans in this regard?

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Manon Soubies-Camy _Modus Create_
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June 7, 2018

Hello Cobin and welcome to Community!

There is an open feature request: Provide ability to easily highlight text with color in WYSIWYG editor, you can vote for it to show interest and watch it to be updated.

You can use macros as a workaround:

  • Info (blue)
  • Tip (green)
  • Warning (red)
  • Note (yellow)
  • Background Color (custom)
  • Panel (custom)
  • Status (single words)

You'll get this as a result:

 

highlight.PNG

Hope this helps,

- Manon

Laura Servidei November 5, 2018

how do you make the status box that big? Mine is only a few character wide, and after that it shows "..."

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Manon Soubies-Camy _Modus Create_
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November 5, 2018

Hello @Laura Servidei,

The status box is small and ends with "..." while in Edit mode, publish the page and it should be bigger :)

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Laura Servidei November 5, 2018

DOH!

Thanks.

Vishal S
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June 1, 2022

but still when i wanted to make my header in red color background i am not able to see red color in the background color list can someone help me on this,

Karan Shah August 16, 2022

There is no background colour option available. However, work around is use macro - status i.e., custom label.

Bilal
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September 13, 2023

It's remarkable that there's no text highlight for an enterprise-grade software. Why are you charging customers when customer still has to "vote" for a very basic feature?

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Johannes Gubo
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@Bilal agree, it's completely stupid and counter productive. Atlassian keeps failing for over a decade to delivery some of the most basic features across their entire product lineup.

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Stephen George
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March 22, 2022

One workaround available is to insert a simple, 1-cell table (by typing /table) and choosing from one of the available palette colors for the background of the cell:

Step 1 – Insert table.png

 

 

Step 2 – Add text and change background color.png

Result

Step 3 – Publish.png

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Scott Morris October 19, 2019

not really an answer. more of an add-on. i really want to highlight text inline from my page, not put it in its own box. i need to identify code to be changed vs. code that is good. maybe i'm just stuck in an old version of confluence?

Hitesh Jain March 23, 2022

If you figure this out please share it.

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Dean Ramdhayan
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June 7, 2023

This is the most basic function for documentation, how are you worth billions of dollars and not able to implement this

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John Bartlett
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Yellow highlighting is typically used to indicate 'work to do' in a document. I achieve this by commenting on the text, which highlights it in yellow and add a comment in 'to do'. Using comments for highlights in this way has the added benefit of providing you with a list of you highlighted test on a page. Here's an example:

Screenshot 2023-03-21 103615.png

kris.van.de.vijver
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April 24, 2023

That's a perfect solution for me, thanks for this tip/workaround.

Alan Pham
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May 5, 2023

Brilliant!

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Zoriana Bogutska_Adaptavist_
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December 12, 2022

Hi there, 

Using Content Formatting Macros for Confluence it is easy to highlight text using a background macro. 

Screenshot 2022-12-12 at 14.49.06.png

Also, for background, add-on users can upload pictures to improve the Confluence page design.

 

Screenshot 2022-12-12 at 14.51.47.png

This app is developed by my Adaptavist team, so if someone has any questions - I'm happy to help.

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Dave Hildebrandt
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May 27, 2021

Use the span macro to set the style.

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Andrew Rothman
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August 10, 2021

Where do we get that?

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Morgan Day
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February 26, 2022

I can't find it either...

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Adam Hechler September 20, 2022

I don't see a "span" macro

Alex R_ April 14, 2023

I have no idea what macro @Dave Hildebrandt was using, but I created my own:

## Macro title: Span
## Macro has a body: Y
## Body processing: Rendered
##
## Wraps content in a span tag with optional class name and styles for the tag. Do not include quotes in the class name or styles.
##
## @param Id:title=ID|type=string|option-showValueInPlaceholder=true
## @param Class:title=Class|type=string|desc=The class of the element
## @param Style:title=Style|type=string|desc=An inline ctyle definition
## @param Title:title=Title|type=string|desc=Text to display in a tool tip

<span
  #if ($paramId)
    id="$paramId"
  #end
  #if ($paramClass)
    class="$paramClass"
  #end
  #if ($paramStyle)
    style="$paramStyle"
  #end
  #if ($paramTitle)
    title="$paramTitle"
  #end
>$body</span>
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jhonwills72
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March 17, 2024

To highlight text with color in Confluence, you can use the Text Color plugin. It allows you to select and apply various colors to your text, enhancing readability and Gta 4 visual appeal. Simply install the plugin from the Confluence Marketplace and follow the instructions for highlighting text.

Achim Haag March 18, 2024

"Gta 4" -> h....://cracksofshah.com/ obviously no serious content...

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lorant_z
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March 4, 2024

2024 and confluence still cannot highlight text background.... unbelievable....

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nicooletahehe
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November 23, 2022

Hello,

I used the 'Highlight' Macro:

highlightConfluence2.PNG

or the 'Background color' Macro. This one highlights the whole row, though ^^'.

highlightConfluence.PNG

Adam Hechler November 23, 2022

Where did you find a "highlight" macro? Did you purchase an add-on macro? Are you using Confluence Cloud? 

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Hitesh Jain March 23, 2022
Achim Haag July 28, 2022

As always: what I expect as a Wiki default must be bought

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Looked promising, but is only available for server, which is no longer sold.

It's disappointing that text formatting options are so limited on Confluence.

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Morgan Day
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Ridiculously limited

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